As a first-time attendee of the Brooklyn Invitational, I can say with absolute certainty that this event lives up to the expectations I had always set for this event. I’ve wanted to attend for some time now, and after visiting Fuel Cleveland, another fantastic event put on by incredible people, I knew that I had to book the trip. When I arrived in Brooklyn, I was a little concerned that the gloomy weather would put a damper on the sheer volume of people who came to the show and the DicE pre-party. But despite the inclement weather, hundreds of people still rode through the rain to Brooklyn for the show, genuinely dedicated individuals showing their support for all of the hard work put forth to make an event of this stature a success.
For many years now, ChopCult has covered the Brooklyn Invitational, an event in its 10th anniversary year put on by none other than Keino Sasaki, John Copeland, and Jessica Wertz at Root Studios in Brooklyn, New York. Unlike many other custom motorcycle shows, this one in particular gives a vibe with that of a curated art gallery exhibition. Which is why there’s no more perfect setting for the event than at Root Studios. There’s no competition here, no trophies or awards, just real people doing what they love, and sharing it with the world.
For me, like many other attendees, the Brooklyn Invitational was an extremely remarkable experience, and the attention to detail of so many of these custom bikes was incredibly captivating. Though I spent most of my day behind the camera capturing some of those details to share with you all, I made certain towards the end of my day to do another lap around the show, put my camera away, and become immersed in the intricacies. I hope you all enjoy the photographs from this year’s Brooklyn Invitational.
In conclusion, it goes without saying that although our love for custom motorcycles is what initially brought us all together, the people is what brings us back year after year. This event has a real family feel to it, the connections, the handshakes, and smiles - catching up with people from all over the world that we don’t get to see often enough. And the new friendships that we make. It’s those memories that make events like this truly special. I’d like to thank you all for allowing me to share my experience with of the 10th annual Brooklyn Invitational, and I’d like to thank Keino, John, and Jessica again for putting on such a fantastic event. I’m already looking forward to next year.
Editor's note: I would like to welcome Colin to the ChopCult contributing team. Please take a moment to check out his website for prints and give him a follow on Instagram.